Why Music and Movement are Vital for Children
Peanut butter and jelly, socks and shoes, bats and balls, hide and seek, music and children — are all elements of childhood. Children are naturally interested in music, and music is naturally good for children. Why is music so attractive to children and why is music so well suited to children?
Music is a language, and children are oriented toward learning
Music evokes movement, and children delight in and require
movement for their development and growth.
Music engages the brain while stimulating neural pathways
associated with such higher forms of intelligence as abstract
thinking, empathy, and mathematics.
Music's melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the
brain and help develop memory. Who among us learned the ABC's
without the ABC song?
Music is an aural art and young children are aural learners. Since
ears are fully mature before birth, infants begin learning from the
sounds of their environment before birth.
Music is perfectly designed for training children's listening skills.
Good listening skills and school achievement go hand in hand.
Developmentally appropriate music activities involve the whole
child-the child's desire for language, the body's urge to move, the
brain's attention to patterns, the ear's lead in initiating
communication, the voice's response to sounds, as well as the eye-
hand coordination associated with playing musical instruments.
Music is a creative experience which involves expression of feelings.
Children often do not have the words to express themselves and
need positive ways to release their emotions.
Music transmits culture and is an avenue by which beloved songs,
rhymes, and dances can be passed down from one generation to
Music is a social activity which involves family and community
participation. Children love to sing and dance at home, school, and
As published in Early Childhood Connections.